Suffering from joint pain, let alone knee pain can be debilitating, and make it hard to perform everyday tasks. If you are a person who has suffered from chronic knee pain and have exhausted every conservative treatment option possible, stem cell treatment may help avoid the need for surgery. Doctors are turning to this more natural form of treatment and healing, that has been proven to help heal people faster, more efficiently, relieving pain, and helping to avoid invasive surgery.
Doctors now have biologic treatments available, such as stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy. Stem cell therapy involves extracting healthy stem cells from an area such as adipose fat tissue or bone marrow, to create a concentrated injectable medicine filled with specialized stem cells, or concentrated growth factors, that go directly into the site of degenerated tissue, in this case, the knee. This injection allows the regeneration or growth of healthy tissue, decreasing inflammation and most importantly, relieving pain, providing a better healing environment for joints that have been injured or have conditions such as arthritis.
It is true that many orthopedic surgeons prefer to perform surgery as a last resort to treat a host of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. As specialists in diagnosing and treating injury and conditions of the musculoskeletal system, they seem to have been turning to previously less conventional treatment approaches, such as regenerative medicine and physical therapy, in an effort to avoid surgical treatment. However, some of these practices, such as platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) and stem cell therapy, can be used in combination with surgical treatments, or alone, to treat your knee pain.
For example, a knee or joint replacement or surgical reconstruction may successfully stabilize a joint and prevent further damage, but it may not eliminate all symptoms of pain and inflammation in the joint, leading to further chronic pain. Therefore, regenerative medicine, popularly known as stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, may provide additional pain-relieving properties, relieving your knee pain and inflammation with better results than surgery on its own.
Orthopedic surgeons carefully examine the patient’s diagnosis before making any decisions on treatment options. When a treatment option is decided, that choice may be combined with other procedures, as each modality has its own strengths and weakness, and can work in conjunction to provide a more dynamic treatment approach.
Depending on the case of each patient, combining surgical procedures with regenerative medicine has given orthopedic surgeons a leg up, as they have found that the use of stem cells can optimize their patient’s treatment results. The body has this amazing capability of healing itself, and modern medicine has found a way of harnessing and utilizing that internal power. In addition, these alternative methods of regenerative treatment can have the benefit of cutting down a patient’s dependency on pain-relieving medications.
Treatment of the knee depends on the injury, disease, and the person themselves. A treatment regime may also include physical therapy. Making specific and important lifestyle changes to help manage your chronic pain is important in helping prevent future knee pain and further complications. Once you start feeling knee pain, don’t wait, notify your doctor immediately for a proper diagnosis, and they can help you find the best treatment options available.
To learn more about how stem cells can help treat your knee pain call Movement Orthopedics at (586) 436-3785 to request an appointment or request an appointment online.